Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium on 1980-06-21
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Sources:Primary Source:Master Soundboard Cassette > Reel To Reel > DAT> CDR; Secondary Source:Master Audience Cassette; AKG 414 mics source supplies the
"Announcements/Intro"(d1t01), the first 0:49 of "Sugaree" (d1t02),from 4:44 thru 5:27 of "Loser"(d1t08),the first 2:03 of
"Big Railroad Blues" (d2t04), as well as from 4:24 thru 5:50 of "Drums" (d3t03)
Patching/CD Mastering & shn'ed by Scott Clugston; To fungus and abgd via Charlie Connor
- 2004-08-10 13:36:26
- Master Soundboard Cassette > Reel To Reel > DAT> CDR; Secondary Source:Master Audience Cassette; AKG 414 mics source
- Anchorage, AK
- West High Auditorium
Subject: Baked Alaska
This show used to be discussed within the context of the Sugaree opener, either because of the odd slotting or because it was recommended. Or sometimes that this show/first set was a best-of-year. Or the run was a curiosity on tapelists and you'd request it for that reason (I had an AUD of this show so high-gen that I never listened all the way though. Rectified that!). And if you tried one of the shows you'd start with the Solstice, right? Well it DOES have one of the best first sets of the era, even if overall it's not quite at the level of the previous night. This was the farthest north they played (though not farthest west – that would be Honolulu '70). This high school auditorium holds just a couple thousand, and Anchorage is magical when the sun circles around you and pops up again, with sweet smells in the air, and these sweet renditions surrounding everybody's heads.
First Set. The Sugaree is oft-listed because Jer comes at it from a different angle and because he takes a couple extra measures. It's just fine, though not top 5 for '80 (like, say 9/2). Bent-note repeats are in every guitarist's quiver, but not in Jerry's wheelhouse. For Minglewood (these Alaska girls/for New York City), Jer lays a smoker in an otherwise clunky rendition. At this point the set stratos [stratosphere, stratovolcano]. Candyman is completely strong and they're way warmed up for Me & My Uncle – check how Jer keeps soloing into the next verse and gets a great fat tone, using more gain/overdrive than he usually did after '73. Going into Big River, he starts soloing immediately, leaving the band to keep up. It's reminiscent of 8/13/75. Loser is fucking nailed. For Lazy Lightning/Supplication, Jer is intense on the 16ths, machine-gun-attacking like he's angry with the song. And '80 was the year for great stand-alone versions of Feel Like a Stranger.
Second Set. Though not as whip-fire as the first, the set still has some highs – Samson for example – with Jer still right on top of it. Snap! Sane stradows Terrapin is the average '80, however there's a nice tranny into Playin'. But who's fucking around like a frat boy with a mic during Space? That and Truckin' (Chicago, New York, Alaska it's all the same street) mark the low point. The rest is well-executed, with interesting choices, like Sugar Mag with its neat, crashing chords/riffs/tones. Juneau where yr girlfriend's from? I dunno, Al aska.
1st Set: A-
2nd Set: C
Overall = 3¾ stars
Candyman – this is how you do it
Me & My Uncle - when Jer gets busy...
Big River – almost exhausting to take this ride
Loser – up there with 5/6/80 & 6/7/80
Lazy Lightning/Supplication – better when it's this intense
Feel Like a Stranger - just about perfect '80 version
Samson & Delilah - Jer spitfire
SOURCES: Surprisingly many! There are three matrices, including a Seamons (runs too slow, try the Photoleon), and several AUDs (try 144908_nak700_severson). The miller_113302 is the SBD that plays at the correct pitch, and it's an improvement overall, with the patches now perfectly blended. Amazing job here, Charlie!
That's a funny story (below) about the taper that didn't want the tape to "get around". I met some real flaky tapers in the '80s who were overly concerned with who "gets to listen to the Dead" and who does not, like it makes your tape sound better if no one else hears the show. They sought to have control over the scene/band – anathema to the culture of trading. I never did figure it out, except that these cats were on a long strange ego trip; not on the bus but rather on the trailer the bus was pulling (and it was a flatbed). Excellent review by kochman (on miller_113302). BTW, on some other reviews, calling Anchoragites "Eskimos" (considered pejorative) is like assuming attendees at Canadian shows were all First Nations. Of native Alaskans, only a percentage are of the Eskimo nation (Iñupiat & Yupik), and most live hundreds of miles from Anchorage. Just sayin'.
Subject: Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium
I have only seen 171 other shows for comparison, but this run remains one of the most satisfying for me.
Subject: Not bad, not great
Subject: 10 star show!
Subject: PROPPER REVIEW OF THIS SHOW!
go get this one:
ANYWAYS, as far as "best 'eveaaaaaa'..."??? I don't know about that, but Jerry must be enjoying his Persian tonight, because this Sugaree is off the F**KING CHARTS!!!!!!!
As far as the rest of the show I can't say much EXCEPT:
1) Best of the three show Alaska run (and the ONLY time the dead played in Alaska!)
2) Go find "Dr Flashback" and OBEY his reviews- this man knows his stuff. Every show he rates as top 10 is a SHOULD HEAR and every show he rates as a top FIVE is a MUST HEAR! Just...check `em out.
I haven't listened to the whole show (YET) but Sugaree (minus the annoying AUD patch in the beginning,) is FOR THE AGES. Aside from that... classic.
Since it's all subjective and I RARELY hand out FIVE STARS (an exception to that rule is Pauley Pavilion (sp?) 1973- a TRUE five star show. This one? 3.8 so I round it to 4.... the Loser is UP THERE (not BEST EVER) but, hey, four stars is an ACCURATE review of this show and that's being slightly generous. I don't dish out 5 stars like candy... it isn't fair to the NEW HEADS trying to discern all this crap.
So four stars it is. A desert island show? Certainly NOT! But worthy of your attention? Definitely! Now go check out the SBD version (unless you're an AUD freak,) but either way the Sugaree picks up nicely between the 9 and 10 minute mark... I don't know, just check this sucka' out!
Subject: Great Show
Subject: Great show
What's not to like?
Subject: the 3rd night...
Fantastic Sugar Mag.
Subject: a gem for the ages
Subject: Good show
Subject: High at West High
Subject: Heueisen??Still in Juneau?? I miss ya' man!!!
This show always had a spot amongst my most valuable Maxells!! The SBD copy I had for years was always one of my best quality recordings and to me, one of their most unique shows---as much as the Egypt's, to me, PERSONALLY. If you have ever traveled through Alaska and the Yukon, extensively (especially in 1980!!) then you realize the stage that it is for so many unique,uncommon, natural wonders...for those NIT-PICKING this show in relation to their memories of how much better the RR Blues or Big River was in Nassau 1980 or whatever other generic, big city, 5 star EAST COAST venue---YOU ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE!!Great music!
Subject: great setlist
so much here sounds great though. great setlist, and 1980 was such a great year.
as usual, the archive puts a smile on my face, i cant be thankful enough for the sbs provided by the dead.
Subject: Jerry on a role
The final encore is Brokedown Palace, rare for this time. Between 1974 and 1979, they had only played it a dozen times (according to DeadBase). They started playing it with more frequency in the summer of 1980. This one is a good performance, complete with strong harmonies.
Subject: 'Til the sun comes up...or goes down...??
Truly a classic show from the boys, all sorts of highlights, some wild moments in the Loser solo (sidenote: listen to how different that sounds on all the versions here...faskinatin'), nice LL/Supp, Terrapin, Playin'...but as for the best Sugaree ever, Lake Placid has to take the cake...10/17/83...if you haven't heard it, get
VERY ready and then crank it...Jer at his peak.
Speaking of peaking, sounds like the boys were all on various adventures this night in Alaska...one or two extra bears up there this night.
Just another great old Dead show....god bless the good old Archive.org!!!!!!
This is the best web site imaginable.
Subject: great show
Subject: ....was just a dream
Subject: One of my favorite shows ever
Subject: TERRAPIN STATION !!!
Subject: Best supplication ever
Everytime I hear all of the little notes sprinkling thru the solo It validates my opinion of Jerry as one of the great guitar players ever. When I stumbled onto this archive, this was the first thing I went after. This is the BEST Supplication ever (so far anyway...I haven't heard them all but I have heard many.) I remember the first time I played this for my good friend Larry R (Where are you these days Larry?) He was floored. I got exicted watching him be amazed. this is a must have show just for the LL/S.
The Sugaree as noted by others is one of the better ones I have heard. The Stranger is also a real treat.
Subject: Great quality...great show!
Stereo separation sounds great here!
Subject: The SPACE on the inside of the sugar cube
Subject: Sounds great
I see a Bertha remaster and another link to another version (Gans..?) but I can't access it through the LLama..
Anyone know why
Subject: Alaska 1980
Subject: Excellent show
"Chicago, New York, Alaska it's all on the same street"
Subject: Sugaree Rulz!!!